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Have you ever taken one of those tests where they group three things together and ask you to pick the one that doesn’t go with the others? With hives, vocal cord nodules, and cancer, the answer would be cancer. But maybe not for the reason that you think.

You see we generally don’t say, “I have hives”, rather, I have food sensitivities or allergies, which causes hives.

I do have nodules on my vocal cords. But doctors don’t treat me for that. They treat me for acid reflux, which caused or resulted in the nodules.

In treating food sensitivities and reflux, I have never once thought about surgically removing the hives or the nodules. Never thought about poisoning them with chemotherapy, or burning them with radiation.

Put aside for a moment that these would be extreme measures for those given conditions. The fact is, assume I could surgically remove, poison or radiate as many hives as I wanted… if I continued to eat certain foods, the hives would come back.

What made me think of this is that I watched a preview trailer for a seven part docu-series about cancer called, The Quest For The Cures. The series will feature a combination of 29 doctors, researchers, experts and survivors that will talk about how to prevent and treat cancer. For a complete list of speakers, and to watch a preview video, and sign up to view the series for free, click here.

In a preview of the first episode I watched the question dealt with was: what is cancer? A summary of G. Edward Griffin’s answer is:

The mainstream view is cancer is a lump or a bump (tumor)…surgery gets rid of it, chemo poisons it, radiation burns it, and they try to get it all… that is the big question afterwards, “did they get it all?”

Alternative doctors believe cancer isn’t caused by something… it is caused by the lack of something…a breakdown in the bodies normal ability to remain healthy…cancer is healing gone awry… For example, if you scratch yourself, you lose cells… cells re-grow until replaced… with cancer they keep growing and don’t turn off…

So the inference is that unlike hives and vocal cord nodules, by focusing on removing the “lump” or the “bump” a.k.a. the tumor, we are treating the manifestation and not the underlying condition.

I can imagine someone reading this thinking, “that is all well and good Jeff but cancer is life and death, and surgery, chemo and radiation offer a patient the best chance of survival.” This may well be true; the point here is with cancer reaching epidemic proportions we need to expand our thinking and approach to how we fight and prevent cancer. We need to pay more attention to the underlying cause or causes and again, to preventative measures.

Further, in terms of research, we can perfect surgery, chemo, and radiation all we want, and indeed they may (and have) extend and or save lives. And while that is a good thing, wouldn’t it be better to put an end to cancer altogether? Obviously yes. Especially when you factor in the other side of the coin and that these treatments can lead to things like infections and kidney failure that may cause death before the cancer. Or sadly and ironically they can cause a recurrence and secondary cancers.

Surgery and chemo and radiation are not considered cures even by the mainstream establishment. There is so much they admit to still not knowing.

We may not have proof beyond a reasonable doubt as to the cause(s) or cure for cancer but we do know for sure that the rate of diagnosis has skyrocketed from about 1 in 20 to 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women. And that it is the number two cause of death in America (projected to be number one). What is it about our behavior or environment that has changed or contributed to this increase?

If it is possible that man has contributed to global warming than what about cancer? What might our contribution be here?

If we knew in the 1800’s what we know today about cancer do you think technology (things that pollute our air and bodies) and diets, cleaning and hygiene products, would have developed the same way? I don’t think so. Do you?  Are these fair questions to ask and explore?

If yes, and we find actionable causes, than the next question is what are we going to do about it? In terms of changing individual and collective behaviors and allocating resources to research and test permanent non-toxic cures that cure or focus on the underlying condition and not the manifestation that results from it.

For these changes to occur more of us will have to get involved.

The slant for the series,The Quest For The Cures, appears to be focused on alternative/ non- traditional means of preventing, fighting and beating cancer.

While I am hopeful that the series presents as much science and verifiable data as possible to support any claims it makes, I also recognize that it takes about a billion dollars and ten to twelve years to gain FDA approval… So the lack of FDA approval in and of itself will not necessarily preclude me from giving credence to possible cures and preventative ideas. This FDA dilemma is an issue I will tackle on anther day.

The important thing for now is, as deaths and diagnosis from this killer disease continue to mount, is to at least recognize that the “traditional path” and “the big three” (surgery, chemo and radiation) should not and is not the only path we should be exploring.  We can and must do better.  Change starts with an open mind.

The Quest For The Cures, hosted by Ty Bollinger starts tomorrow, May 26th. For times, information on what each episode is about go to: http://thetruthaboutcancer.com/

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